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Here is the scene: You have your iPad upstairs/downstairs in your home office and you were on a website looking up a gift for a family member. Your wife/husband/partner asks you about it and you open up Safari on your iPhone… but then remember that you were looking at it on your iPad. Dilemma: Do you trot upstairs/downstairs to get your iPad or do you try in vein to remember the site you were searching? The correct answer is neither. Through the beauty of iCloud you have all of the open pages on your iPad right at your finger tips on your iPhone and in this AlliOSNews How To, I will show you how to quickly and easily get to those pages.
There are a lot of things that iCloud can do for you, one of which is synchronising your open websites between your iPhone, iPad and Mac. On your iPad or on your Mac you simply tap the iCloud icon in Safari and you are shown a list of all of the open pages across your devices. This allows you to quickly and easily open them from another device. But for iPhone under iOS 7.1, Apple made it that much easier and frankly I’d love to see this on iPad.
If you work in a corporate environment the chances are pretty high that you use Microsoft Exchange for your email and calendar store. One of the nice features of Exchange to the ability to make a calendar public for others in your corporation. For example, you could have an Exchange calendar that has everyone on your team upcoming holiday. This way people at a glance can see if one of their team members is available on a particular day or week without having to ask them.
One of the myths I’ve witnessed however is that Mac users cannot take advantage of shared Exchange calendars without using Microsoft Office for Mac. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this How To I will show you how you can view a shared Exchange calendar in the Calendar app on your Mac.
I am assuming in this How To that you have already setup Calendar for your Exchange account. Also, you will need to know the name of the calendar which you are wanting to add to your Calendar for Mac app.
To start, open Calendar on your Mac and go to Calendar>Preferences menu in the app (you can also get there by
pressing the Command (+) , buttons). Navigate from there to your Exchange account by clicking it. In the window you will see all of the relevant information about your Exchange account. Just above the account information you will see three buttons: Account Information (where you are now), Server Settings and Delegation. For this How To we are interested in the Delegation section so click that button and the information below will change to the Delegation page.
When most of us think of Delegation we think of giving the rights to our calendar to someone else in our organisation which is correct. However this is where Apple has embedded the ability to see others calendars such as a colleague or a shared calendar. It makes sense if you think about it but it is not clearly indicated that this is where you add shared calendars. This is where I think the confusion comes in that Calendar for Mac cannot access shared Exchange calendars.
On the Delegation page you will see a list of any calendars which you can access. Chances are this will be an empty display unless your administrator already setup some for you. Just below this box you will see a Edit button which allows you to give users rights to view or edit your personal calendar.
One of my common jokes about being an iPhone users is that at any given time, I only have 10% battery left. Like them or hate them, the reality is that as a smartphone user, battery life is a constant battle and while Apple has made great strides in battery life, the fact is that an iPhone has so much going on that it drains its battery quicker than say an iPad or iPod Touch. But there is a way to cut your iPhone charging by nearly half as I have discovered in my super-duper unofficial not-so-scientific testing and I found this little trick works when it comes to charging any iPhone and it even works – although not with as dramatic results – on an iPad and iPod Touch.
So what is this super-duper trick? When I tell you, you will have either one of two reactions:
“Duh” – in which case, I thank you for your time. Please move on to the next article here at AlliOSNews
“Never thought of that” – Don’t worry, I didn’t either
Like many of you, I have been making purchases in iBooks for several years now and have built up quite a collection. The free eReader app from Apple has continued to improve and the selection in the iBooks store is outstanding. One of the side effects of building such a reading collection however is, like in the real world, organisation of my virtual bookshelves. In a previous AlliOSNews How To we showed you how to organise your iBooks books using Collections. In this How To we are going to show you how to show or hide your purchases in iBooks for iOS so that you can further organise your collection. By enabling or disabling this feature, you will either see or hid the Purchased collection in iBooks for iOS. It is a simple thing but it can make swiping between your different collections quicker on your iPhone or iPad.
For this How To I am assuming that you have iBooks for iOS installed on your iPhone or iPad. If you do not, you can get it free in the App Store.
If this is your first time to use iBooks, take a look around. You will see a lot of free books available, especially literary classics.
Over the course of the past three iOS releases, Apple has ever increased the ability for a process for background app refresh. Background app refresh allows for an application to leverage your iPhone or iPad’s WiFi or Mobile carrier antennas to update their information so you, as the user, are provided the most up-to-date information in that app. For example, a magazine subscription you have through Newsstand that gets the latest edition download automatically to your device. Or it could be Facebook giving you the latest Timeline updates. Basically it is any app that updates its information without you having to intervene to make it happen.
Logically however, the more background app refreshes going on, the more battery consumption happens on your iPhone or iPad. Therefore the ability to control the background app refreshes that are going on can be critically important. The good news is that Apple has made it easy to control background app refreshing from a complete turn off or turn on or can control the refresh of individual apps. In this AlliOSNews How To, we will show you how to change the Background App refresh on your iPhone or iPad.
If you are like me, more and more friends and family are adding events to my calendar through Facebook. This could be everything from charity events to family get togethers to an open house or happy hour at my favourite pub or restaurant. Facebook has, for many, become the social calendar connection. With the deep integration of Facebook both in OS X Mavericks and iOS, adding these events to your calendar apps is easy and can help you keep track of where you need to be and when. In this How To we will show you how to add Facebook events to Calendar both in OS X and iOS.
The assumption we are making in this review is that you are using OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 and this How To is written with that in mind.
Let’s start with OS X Mavericks. First, go to System Preferences by finding it in Launchpad or by going to the Apple
menu and clicking System Preferences. From here, navigate to Internet Accounts and scroll down until you find Facebook. This is where you link Mavericks with Facebook so you can have your Facebook calendar and contacts synchronise with your Mac. All you need to do is make sure that the Calendars checkbox is ticked. Once that is done, you will find a Facebook section in Calendar and any events that you have in Facebook will be displayed in the Calendar app.
Conversely, if you want to disable this feature just simply remove the tick in the checkbox. You can also do this for Contacts should you chose not to have your Facebook contacts synchronise with the Contacts app on your Mac. Even if you have both of these un-ticked you can still post to Facebook from the Notification Center in Mavericks as well as share links in Safari, etc. All this area of System Preferences does is determine if you want Facebook Contacts and Calendars to synchronise with your Mac.
With the news on New Year’s Day 2014 that the popular social network SnapChat had been breached and some 4.6 million users information had been exposed, it highlights once again the importance of maintaining good security habits with your information and accounts online. While we depend on companies who provide these services to be secure, we as users also have a responsibility of making sure we do our part. In this How To we are going to cover how to stay more secure on the Internet by going over some of the basics that we all need to follow.
To start, let’s be pointblank: Security online is a PITA (Pain In The Ass). It’s not fun. It’s not easy. It certain is time consuming and on the surface there appears to be very little reward for doing it. But the reward is there and it comes in the form of not losing control of your accounts by someone with less-than-admirable qualities. Security breaches can and will happen and if your passwords and accounts are more secure than others, hackers will simply pass by your account to go to an easier one.
Create a Secure Password
The first and most important thing to do is create a properly secure password. That means it is complex and dare I say not easy to remember. Passwords should be complex, containing a mixture of alphanumeric, should be case sensitive (A and a for example) and have special characters such as !, $ or @. Last but not least, it should have 8 characters in it. For example, Atuxe87Ev1! (and no, that is not a password to anything of mine). The general rule is the more complex you can make your passwords the better. It should also not be based on a known word but be as random as possible.
But let’s be clear: No password is 100%. Hackers have tools out there that can hash out even the most complex of passwords. The objective of the game here is to be difficult so they move along to the next person.
How then do you keep up with all these passwords that you can’t remember? Use a wallet type application to keep track of all of them. I personally use eWallet from Ilium Software as it syncs with my iPhone, iPad and Mac but there are others out there. One nice thing about eWallet is it also has a password generator to create these complex passwords for you.
Don’t Use The Same Password Twice
So now that you’ve created a complex password, the temptation will be to use it for other sites. Do. Not. Do. It.
Every site and every service you use should have it is own unique password. It sounds straight forward but many people out there use the same password for everything online. That means that once someone has your password once, they have access to everything. Everything.
With the release of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, the inter-device communication on Apple devices continues to improve. That is evident in the Maps app that now is on both platforms. The Maps app for iPhone and iPad has taken some deserved criticism since its debut in iOS 6 but it along with its desktop big brother – released with OS X Mavericks – have continued to slowly and steadily improve.
One of the great features of Maps being on your Mac and your iPhone and iPad is the ability to share a map between the devices. In this How To we will show you how to send maps to your iPhone or iPad from your Mac Maps app. It’s a handy feature that saves time when you are planning your next journey.
First, open Maps on your Mac and search or enter a destination where you to go. Once you find that destination you
either tap on the pushpin to get to the information dialog box or if it is a known location, it will pop that box up for you automatically. In my example I’ve chosen the British Museum in London. Here I have the option to “Get Directions” but I can also get reviews and other information about the Museum including Yelp! reviews. Click on the Get Directions option and enter your starting point. By default Maps will assume you want to leave from your current location. The most direct path from your start and end points will be displayed along with turn-by-turn direction. If there are alternative paths you will be shown those paths and if you have Traffic enabled – just tap the cars icon in the upper-left corner on the menu bar – you will see road conditions on the path(s) selected.
Inside of OS X regardless of version is the Library Folder. This mythical folder contains all sorts of important information about you, your computer, your files and apps. It is a place that Apple by designed does not show you in Finder because one wrong step and you could delete something or change something that causes apps to fail and other general mayhem.
Back in November of 2011 I showed you how to show the Library Folder in OS X Lion – and it was a process. Fortunately
Apple has made it much simpler in Mavericks and in this How To I will show you exactly what you need to do. As before however, I need to warn you. Unless you absolutely need to do so you should keep your User/Library folder hidden. By unhiding the folder you could accidentally delete something or change something that causes general issues with your Mac. You’ve been warned!
To start, open up Finder on your Mac and navigate to your User Folder. This will be the folder that is usually your name. Once you have that folder displayed in Finder, two-finger tap on your trackpad (or “right-click”) to open up the menu for the folder and navigate to “Show View Options”. This will open up the viewing options menu for this folder. About halfway down the menu you will see a checkbox with “Show Library Folder” next to it. Check that box and magically you will now see your Library Folder. No Terminal scripting required in Mavericks, just this simple checkbox.
From this point forward your Library Folder will now be displayed when you navigate to your User folder in Mavericks and you can easily navigate within the folder for making changes.
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One of the great new features of iOS 7 is Control Center. Control Center in iOS 7 gives you the ability to quickly access features that are commonly needed while using your iPhone or iPad. This includes things such as being able to turn your WiFi and Bluetooth functionality on or off, put your device in Airplane Mode, accessing your camera or the calculator just the name a few. It is a handy feature – yes Android users I know you’ve had this a while already – and is one of the things we really like about this new iOS.
Just for a point of clarity, Control Center is accessed by sliding from the bottom of the display on your iPhone or iPad up to
the top. It brings up a translucent panel – that is Control Center.
By default Control Center in iOS 7 is enabled by default and it is enabled to be accessible from the Lock Screen and from within Apps. It is that last part that can be tricky as some apps you need to be able to swipe from the bottom or near the bottom but you don’t want to accidentally open up Control Center. Think Infinity Blade III for example when you are in a fight. One move is to swipe up to upper-cut your opponent. It has been frustrating a few times when I’ve done this and gotten Control Center instead.
While you cannot completely disable Control Center in iOS 7 you can limit it to only being accessible via the Home screen and not anywhere else. In this How To we show you exactly how to do that to help prevent those accidental openings.